Highlights from the 1960s
“Male students suddenly shaved daily, combed hair more frequently and no longer wore Levis that could stand by themselves. Male instructors cleaned up their notes by removing last year’s shady stories that had been used to illustrate a point or wake up a class. … In literary skills, the women students clearly outshone the men from the beginning.”
— Donald Pflueger in his book “A Legacy and a Mission, 1938-1989 ”
The college offers 20 majors leading to bachelor of science degrees.
General Motors runs a two-page ad in Poly Views to introduce its new models, including the Corvair.
The library will start assessing fines for late books: 5 cents per day.
Eighty-four students from 20 foreign countries enroll. More than a quarter of the group is from India.
The 16,000-square-foot cafeteria is due to open. It can seat 675 people.
September 16, 1961
September 25, 1961
Pat Holohan, the freshman class vice president, is the first woman to hold student office.
October 8, 1961
October 20-21, 1961
November 16-18, 1961
The CP letters are poured in concrete on a hill above campus.
Former Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson speaks on “The Threat to Our Freedom” — communism.
According to the 1962 yearbook, Arts & Sciences is the largest division on the Kellogg Campus. “With the welcome addition of Coeds to the student body, this division showed the most dramatic change for 1962 both in enrollment and in the structure of the individual student.”
About 2,300 parking decals are sold for the approximately 1,000 spaces on campus .
The Poly Service Club wins an RCA Victor stereo for collecting the most empty Viceroy cigarette packs.
Three new buildings open: Agriculture (Building 2), Music (Building 24) and Drama/Theatre (Building 25).
The student body governing organization is renamed Associated Students Incorporated, or ASI.
Engineering is now second in campus enrollment.
January 7, 1963
The class gift to the university, designed by students in the landscape architecture department, is a master plan for the open grassy area in the middle of campus known as the Mall. Eight olive trees – part of the original Kellogg Ranch – are transplanted there.
October 24, 1963
The Poly Post receives an All-American honor rating, the highest award given by the Associated Collegiate Press.
The library now houses 63,138 volumes.
The annual film festival includes “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and “To Catch a Thief.”
February 6, 1964
February 21, 1964
May 9, 1964
May 16, 1964
September 17, 1964
November 7, 1964
The campus security department consists of eight officers, two patrol cars, one three-wheeled scooter and three fire engines.
Henry House becomes dean of students.
The Kellogg Campus pioneers the use of reclaimed water for irrigation.
February 16, 1965
May 8, 1965
August 1, 1965
The handbook also sets expectations for behavior: “Members of the college staff, over 21 years of age, are required as chaperons at all student activities, both on and off campus. This includes dances, house parties, receptions, beach parties, outings, etc. Although the specific circumstances will vary, the number of sponsors must meet the minimum requirements set forth in the Student Organizations Handbook.”
The Student Affairs Committee passes a motion asking President Julian McPhee to lift a ban on Communist speakers on campus.
The senior class gift is the chimes.
Professor Donald Force is awarded a $12,300 National Science Foundation grant to study midges (small flies).
July 1, 1966
Dorm rates increase $8 per quarter to $152, and meal tickets increase $11 to $116 per quarter.
The Poly Post publishes this ad: “1,001 Ways to Beat the Draft.”
Two women take lead roles at campus publications: Sharon Tefft is editor of “Opus,” the literary magazine; and Mary Trainor is editor of The Poly Post.
The $2.5 million gym is dedicated. The old facility becomes known as the women’s gym.
A senior project shows that 75 percent of freshmen who do not use the library will drop out before their sophomore year.
The School of Arts and Sciences is divided into two discrete schools.
October 24, 1967
November 16, 1967
November 29, 1967
Among the more than 60 Arabians in the stables and pastures is the campus mascot, a gray colt named Bir-Doktor. “The frisky colt exemplifies the spirit and youth of Cal Poly,” the Bronco Handbook says.
The El Patio Bookstore now accepts BankAmericard and Master Charge.
Three student publications are available: “The Poly Post” (published on Tuesday and Friday), “Opus” (a semiannual student literary magazine) and “Madre Tierra” (the campus yearbook). In addition, the campus has a student-run radio station (KCPK 91.7 FM) and a closed-circuit television station (CPTV) that broadcasts news, music and commentary twice a week.
The 1968-69 ASI budget is a record-breaking $121,500, up about $10,000 from the previous year.
Campus groups include the Organization of Arab Students, the Press Club, the Sports Car Club, Students for Political Awareness, the Student Wives Club and the Yacht Club.
The concrete platform area in the Mall (now known as the Pancakes) is designated a Free Speech Area — but it is regulated nonetheless. A student cannot speak from the area unless he or she is sponsored by a club and a schedule of events form is on file in the activities office. If an individual wants to sound off, he or she can mount a soapbox or set up a table in the Free Speech Forum — the patio in front of the speech-drama building, but cannot shout or use a voice-amplification system.
Fall Festival replaces Homecoming
5,000 parking spaces are available on campus.
The ethnic studies program is inaugurated. It has a center for Chicano and American Indian studies, as well as a center for black studies.
Students from the united Mexican-American Student Association stage a sit-in in President Robert Kramer’s office. Five are later disciplined for refusing to leave when asked, but their actions do yield results: A Latino is appointed director of the Educational Opportunity Program a few months later, and Latino faculty are hired.
Dorm keys are available for female students over 21 who are sophomores, juniors and seniors. This allows them to enter their halls after the midnight weekday and 2 a.m. weekend curfews.
The weeklong Fall Festival includes a tricycle race, hayrides, a bonfire, a parade and a frog-jumping contest, as well as the customary football game and coronation ball.